In this paper, a novel dual-UAV collaborative aerial transport strategy based on energy distribution and load sharing is proposed. This paper presents the first experimental demonstration of dual-UAV collaborative aerial transport while distributing power consumption. The demonstration is performed while distributing the power consumption between two drones sharing a load based on their battery state of charge. A numerical model of the dual-hex-rotor-payload is used to validate the proposed strategy. Numerical and hardware tests were conducted to demonstrate the load distribution using multiple UAV with certain spatial configurations. Finally, collaborative aerial transport test scenarios are performed numerically and experimentally. The simulation and experimental results show the effectiveness and applicability of the proposed strategy.

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